Wellington Mk.III X3348 coded ZL-Z of No.427 Squadron RCAF crashed 26th January 1943 Crashed on Blackden Edge, Kinder Scout
|Carroll Alfred Taylor||Flight Lieutenant, RCAF||Pilot||Survived|
|Lyndon George Southwood||Sergeant||Co-pilot||Survived|
|Donald Mortimer||Pilot Officer||Bomb Aimer / Air Gunner||Survived|
|George Albert Martin||Pilot Officer||Navigator||Survived|
|Anthony David Deane||Sergeant, RCAF||Wireless Operator||Survived|
|William Lumsden||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Survived|
The crew were detailed to attack the French port of Lorient, taking off at 16:51 with a bomb load of 3,240lb of indendiary bombs in nine 360lb clusters. While returning to RAF Croft the aircraft crashed on level moorland on the south side of Blackden Edge, Kinder Scout, near Edale. The aircraft was written off but only one of the crew was injured to the extent that he required hospital treatment. According to the squadron records the survival of the crew was seen as ‘so fortunate‘ that it featured in some of the Sunday papers soon after the crash.
Sgt Deane died while still serving with No.427 Squadron when Halifax Mk.V DK139 (ZL-P) crashed close to Rheinhausen near Duisburg on a sortie against Mulheim during the night of the 22nd-23rd June 1943, killing all seven onboard.
Sgt Lumsden was later award the Distinguished Flying Medal. He was killed on the 2nd January 1944 while serving with 156 Squadron, the aircraft he was flying in, Lancaster Mk.III JB476 GT-R was lost on operations against Berlin.
Sergeant Southwood was later commissioned and eventually became a Squadron Leader.
Flt Lt Taylor was a US national who had volunteered for service in the RCAF. During 1943 he transferred to the USAAF, though for a while he still flew with No.427 Squadron as a USAAF Captain in command of B Flight before leaving for an American unit.